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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Politics and International Studies

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £27,116 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 5th November 2021
Job Ref: UE28465
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 December 2022 in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a one year Research Assistant/Associate position to work on a major new project being conducted by the Bennett Institute in partnership with the Institute for Government - an audit of the British constitution. The researcher will work under the supervision of Professor Michael Kenny at the Institute, and in liaison with colleagues at the IfG, providing in-depth analysis, literature reviews and undertaking key research tasks in relation to different aspects of this project.

This post will be located in the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, a major, University-wide initiative housed in the Department of Politics and International Studies and supported by the School of the Humanities and Social Sciences. It is led by its inaugural Director Professor Michael Kenny, Professor Diane Coyle, the Bennett Chair of Public Policy, and Acting Director Professor Dennis C. Grube.

Further information about the Institute, Department and Faculty can be found at, and 

Candidates for the post of Research Assistant/Associate must have a PhD (submitted or nearly submitted at the time of application) in a relevant field or relevant professional experience in this area. They should provide evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, and a good understanding of some of the main debates about the institutions of parliamentary government, devolution and the future of the UK union that have emerged in the wake of Brexit and the covid-19 pandemic.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application, and a recent writing sample (maximum 10,000 words). If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is: 5 November 2021. Interviews will be held as soon as possible after the closing date.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Enquiries about the application process should be directed to Mrs Sarah Rosella on 

Please quote reference UE28465 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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